So often we hear the word “love” thrown around. Often it is used to provide allowances for immoral behavior. Often times we hear the word “charity” like it is an external thing, such as “I gave to a charity last week”….What is love, or charity? It is the virtue by which we love God above all things for His own sake, and our neighbor as ourselves for the love of God. Charity says, “I love God above all things simply because He is good and deserves to be loved. I will try to please Him in everything by always seeking to know and do His will. I will love everyone else for His sake.” (Baltimore Catechism, 124)Read More
In the Gospel (Mt 21:33-43) we experience something very shocking: clearly the workers in the vineyard do not have a respect for human life. They treat it as quite disposable, something that can be destroyed when it stands in their way. We hear our Lord lamenting that Israel has rejected God’s word, and because of that, the Kingdom of God is to be handed on to somebody else—the Gentiles. This is a clear warning to us about not only the individual soul, but the culture and society.Read More
The dogma of Faith that is the Assumption of Mary should be a powerful reminder that in our lives there is a certain hierarchy of values in our lives. The Blessed Virgin Mary was taken body and soul into Heaven. We must pursue truth rather than pleasure, love over comfort, heaven over earth, and the soul over the body. All of these lesser options are good such as the body, such as the created world, but only because of the eternal light in which we look at them, and when we see them as given to us by God to help us.Read More
Homily for the 19th Sunday of Ordinary Time. I am sorry that it has been a long time since I have posted! I have been keeping fairly busy, but in getting back to posting hopefully this will give me a good impetus to better prepare my Sunday homilies. I have now moved my Saturday morning Mass to 7:30 which gives me a good solid block of time to get my homily either put together and/or finalized. The Gospel for the 19th Sunday of Ordinary Time is Matthew 14: 22-32Read More
Today in the local newspaper I saw an article about how Penn Highlands (local community college) is teaming up with a young man who works as a medium to create some kind of paranormal show. Of course we always stay far away from such things, because what happens with this is an attempt to seek spiritual power from forces other than God. In very simple language it means inviting the devil or one of his fallen angels into your home. This is not simply some sort of simpleton way of viewing things, but it is a real spiritual truth: we do not invite the devil into our lives. This is not made up. Rather, we invite Christ into our homes. This is the best way to protect ourselves and our families. Our savior came to redeem all of creation, and we do not want to live in darkness apart from Him. Read More
I apologize that it has been so long since a post! At the end of September I began a new assignment: I was named Administrator of Saint Andrew Church in Johnstown, which geographically is pretty close to where I was previously assigned. It has kept me very busy, and unfortunately I have not devoted time to posting here. Hopefully in 2020 with a few routine adjustments I can do that. I will hopefully post about some of the great things that have been happening at Saint Andrew.
Here is my homily I preached for my Christmas Masses. Have a blessed season of Christmas! Read More